Free leadership books for Canadian CIOs

CIO Canada is looking for contributors within its reader community, and to find them we’re offering them a first-come, first-served opportunity to get the latest best-selling titles in business and technology management.

Take a look at the list below. We will ship the title at no charge to the address of the first Canadian CIO or senior IT professional to request the book, provided they agree to write a short article for our Web site. You have three options:

1. Propose an article where you tell, in your own words, about a recent successful IT project, a lesson learned from a colleague or peer, or an opinion about a burning CIO-related issue.

2. Agree to respond to a question about IT management posed by our editors.

3. Write your own review of the book you choose – or recommend the business book that taught you something valuable about your role in the enterprise.

Sound easy? It is. Now pick the book you want and e-mail before someone else nabs it first.

Browse CIO Canada’s Book Club

In Search of Leadership: How Great Leaders Answer the Question, “Why Lead?”

It’s the book your CEO might be reading, but with the pressure on for CIOs to take a more senior role in many organizations this might be essential reading. Join Linkage CEO Phil Harkins and ARC Financial Corp cofounder Phil Swift as they travel around the world to interview corporate executives, presidents and prime ministers, educators, an important spiritual leader, and other leaders in a wide array of fields.

A Bull for All Seasons: Main Street Strategies For Finding Money In Any Market

With the global economy in free-fall, CIOs might be as concerned about their personal investment portfolio as they are the state of their enterprise IT strategy. Dr. Bob Froehlich, vice-chairman of DWS Investments, offers a Wall Street Insider’s take on how to identify long-term financial growth opportunities. Read this before you’re laid off.

Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World

Following up his bestseller Wikinomics, Don Tapscott returns to one of the subjects that made him famous: a look at the attitudes of Generation Y towards technology, and how companies should prepare to respond. This is the book you could offer your boss as a primer in understanding future employee behaviour. Two copies available.

The Red Rubber Ball At Work

Kevin Carroll compiles a collection of essays from Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Andrew Zolli and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (among others) which discuss the concept of play, and why more professionals should tap into the same passion, commitment and drive they bring to their off-hours activities to work-related projects. Because all work and no play make for a lousy CIO.

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